Ok so, here is my take on the new Druid Talents as a restoration Druid, and to be completely honest all I can really say is just...
I'm at a loss... its THAT frustrating as a Resto Druid
Well go by Tier:
Tier 1: All decent talents, but nothing specifically good for restoration.
-Feline Swiftness: Fine, a flat 15% speed boost is good, but its unbelievably bland, but its not horrific.
-Displacer Beast: A decent talent overall, its exotic and new and I think it holds with it some interesting possibilities, even as Resto, if it drops aggro, this could be our new versaion of Vanish or Feign Death, if not, utterly useless in PvE, though for PvP id guess this to be the talent of choice.
-Wild Charge: Definitely the pick of choice for PvE, the ability to warp to an ailing ally or group of allies is a big boon, but while interesting it is still again, rather bland and uninteresting.
Tier 2: A resto druids saving grace
-Natures Swiftness: Its fine, its absolutely not even close to competitive to the other two talents, but i suppose if you're often in need of quick emergency bomb heals its good, though needing those at all speaks volumes about your priorities.
-Renewal: Desperate Prayer for druids, kinda nice if you ask me, this is definitely a competitive resto talent!
-Cenarion Ward: This one is personally one of those things I'm REALLY happy to see! Its a new heal that triggers when its needed, which overall is beautifully synergistic with Living Seed, it could however use a charge system similar to earth shield to be far more effective, but if you ask me this is one of the best resto talents you.ve made so far!
Tier 3: I'll heal them with Roots Waves and Bugs!
I'm not even going to bother, they're all pretty much versions of the same thing with slightly different flavorings, non of them really SCREAM resto as none of them particularly make a difference in healing. Maybe useful if your group has control or CC issues, but not much else.
Tier 4: And behold, on the fourth tier did they place all the talents a healer could want!
-Soul of the Forest: A decent talent, though somewhat underwhelming, its a good resto talent if you don't like thinking about cool-downs.
-Incarnation: Tree of LIFE! YES! Almost a mandatory talent for a restoration druid, that is if Force of Nature doesn't do what I am assuming it will, if Force of Nature does what I assume however, then having the two BEST restoration talents in one Tier is just downright insulting MY opinion says this should be switched with Heart of The Wild for the top tier talent.
-Force of Nature: Now this talent is a little ambiguous and I think it could use some clarification "Treant Capabilities vary by Specialization", now I am assuming this means that in a DPS role they will attack the enemy in melee and cause damage, as a tank they will provide some sort of defensive buff, and as a healer will either assist in healing or provide a healing buff. If this is the case, then only tiers 2 and 4 really contain anything that specifically makes a difference in a druids ability to heal in my opinion this talent REALLY needs to move.
Tier 5: CC, if your RESTO druid is CCing, you're failing...
Wit the exception of PvP this tree is pretty bland, there is a stun, which is fine, a "Psychic Scream" like roar and an AoE death-grip, for a resto druid they seem like mostly useless Cooldowns.
Tier 6: What... the.... BLEEP
-Heart of the Wild: Just...I cannot even begin to ponder why or how this would ever occur... why would a resto druid go cat... or bear? For a healer this talent is utterly useless in PvE, in PvP maybe its not so awful.
-Dream of Cenarius: If you have the time to cast Wrath or Starfire as a restoration druid chances are your healing is not really needed that badly so 30% extra healing is somewhat of a joke, whether a reward or a kind of "Well I'm not doing anything else" Talent its a little bland and uninspired.
-Disentanglement: Effective and useful for a resto druid, though if you ask me its BETTER than Renewal, though if you take both you'll be unstoppable... and if this procs off Tree of Life forgetaboutit... The only real useful top Tier Resto Talent to me!
Thats my first line appraisal, I hope I was insightful enough to consider...
Edited to rephrase something...
Edited by Kilani on 2/15/2012 2:54 PM PST